Tomorrow, the Queen and Members of the Royal Family will attend the Queen’s Dinner for the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace. Many expect this to be the Queen’s last such Dinner, as she does not undertake any travel outside the United Kingdom, and CHOGM is held in a different Commonwealth country every two years. Evolving from the annual Commonwealth Prime Minister’s Conference, the Queen first attended CHOGM in 1973, and despite having no role in the proceedings, her glittering Dinner is one of the highlights of the Meeting. To mark the occasion, we are taking a look at the Queen’s Tiaras at the Commonwealth Dinner of years past-
The following year, the Queen wore the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara and the Delhi Durbar Parure for the Dinner at Buckingham Palace.
Two years later, she glittered in the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara and Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Necklace.
At the next meeting of Commonwealth Prime Ministers, in 1966, the Queen repeated the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara and Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Necklace for the Dinner at St James’ Palace.
In 1969, the Queen wore Queen Alexandra’s Kokoshnik Tiara with the Brazilian Aquamarine Parure for the Dinner at Marlborough House, held for the last Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference in London. The first CHOGM was held in Singapore in 1971, but the Queen wasn’t present.
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She was present at the 1973 CHOGM in Ottawa, for which the Queen wore her Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara for the Dinner at Government House.
In 1977, the Queen was pictured in the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara and Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Necklace as she posed with Commonwealth Leaders in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace.
In 1983, the Queen glittered in her Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara as she posed with forty Commonwealth Prime Ministers and Presidents in New Delhi.
Four years later, the Queen wore the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara and the Delhi Durbar Parure as she hosted Dinner on the Royal Yacht Britannia in Vancouver.
In Cyprus in 1993, the Queen was pictured in Queen Alexandra’s Kokoshnik Tiara as she posed with Commonwealth Leaders before Dinner on the Royal Yacht Britannia.
In, 1997 the Queen glittered in the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara and Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Necklace while the Queen Mother wore the Greville Tiara at the Banquet at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
Two years later, she repeated the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara at the Dinner for Commonwealth Leaders in South Africa.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year brought the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara for Dinner in Coolum, Queensland, Australia.
In Malta in 2005, the Queen wore the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara for the Dinner at the Golden Sands Hotel.
Two years later, the Queen repeated the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara for the third CHOGM Dinner in a row, at her Dinner at the Hyatt Hotel in Trinidad and Tobago.
In 2011, the Queen sparkled in the Brazilian Aquamarine Parure at her Banquet for Commonwealth Leaders in Perth.
Since she has stopped her long-haul travel, the Queen was represented by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall (in the Greville Tiara) as they hosted a Dinner for Commonwealth Heads of Government at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2013.
The last Queen’s Dinner was held at the Corinthia Palace Hotel in Malta in 2015, for which the Queen wore the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara and the Delhi Durbar Parure and the Duchess of Cornwall glittered in the Greville Tiara.
Royal ladies in attendance (and Tiaras) at tomorrow’s Dinner at Buckingham Palace include the Queen, Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie (their first tiara appearance), the Princess Royal, Countess of Wessex, Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra and Princess Michael of Kent. Which Tiaras would you like to see? HERE are the options!